I was tired. Cranky. I hadn’t slept in 36 hours. But when I landed I got to Bourbon Street my mood changed. Drastically. There was an energy, that just made me feel alive. I heard the wedding party was at a bar so I grabbed my camera and headed down to grab some photos of them having a good time. Luke, the groom, told me to put the camera away and have a drink with him. It was so fun! I got to know the bridal party a little and then headed back to the hotel for some rest.
This was a special wedding for me because I only shoot a couple destination weddings a year. It was extra special because I got to bring my dad as my 2nd shooter! My dad taught me how to take pictures 23 years ago. I still use many of the basic principles that he taught me. Not only that, when he immigrated to the United States from Honduras 47 years ago, New Orleans is where the Becerra family first settled. He hadn’t been back in over 40 years! We were able to reconnect with family and spend time a lot of time together.
And then the wedding. What a wedding! It couldn’t have been more perfect. Family, local traditions, tears, smiles, a parade down Bourbon Street. Are you kidding me? The police actually blocked off Bourbon Street for Lindsay and Luke to walk from the wedding venue to the reception. During the parade, which is called a 2nd line in New Orleans. It started to rain. A lot. By the time we got to the venue it looked like i had jumped into a swimming pool. But often with the most adversity comes the opportunity to make the most beautiful pictures. The photo of Lindsay and Luke kissing in the rain with a cop car behind them, tourists snapping photos, the rain creating a pallet of impressionist colors, is perhaps my favorite photo. Ever.
We went on to the reception where a live band played and of course we had amazing creole food. Take me back to New Orleans please!
This wedding was complicated. Lots of moving parts. 3 different locations. A marching band, a live band, the weather was difficult. You get the picture. I can’t speak highly enough of Michelle Adams and her team at Unique Weddings. They did a phenome
nal job of planning, organizing and helping me get the best possible pictures for the couple. Please look them up!